How Long Did it Take?

Fused Glass PlateFrom my previous post, you know that I have been experimenting with fused glass pattern bars. The specific technique I used is creating a pattern bar flow slab that is then cut up and used in making a plate. I just finished the plate in this picture.

Someone asked me, “How many hours did it take to make?” The process took over four days to complete, but I really don’t know how much actual hands-on time I spent. This was the first time I used this technique and I didn’t keep any records on how long it took. Whenever I try something for the first time, it always takes way longer than the second time. This technique of using pattern bars to make plates requires slower firing schedules because of the thickness of the glass. I spent a lot of time reading up on this and trying to understand the how and whys before I ever cut the first piece of glass.

But if I really think about it, maybe the answer should have been, “It took me three years!” I started fusing glass in 2009. I’ve been reading, taking classes, experimenting and learning about fused glass since that time. All of it leading up to this piece. Well maybe not directly, but you know what I mean. Every piece I make teaches me something and inspires me to try something new.

Here are a few more pictures. I bordered the pattern bars in clear glass and put a very slight bevel on it. I love the way the color of the pattern bars is draw up and out through the clear glass.


2 thoughts on “How Long Did it Take?

  1. Diane Rickert says:

    Hi Margot – Love the plate. I too started about two years ago, and have to admit I am yet at your level. I guess a little more practice won’t hurt. How did you bevel the dish? In a mold? Really love it.

    • Margot says:

      Diane – Thanks! I put a very slight bevel on the top edge with my grinder using a medium, fine and then super fine grit. Then slumped it. Keep at it! I do a lot of experimenting.

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